rev. of North True South Bright by Dan Beachy-Quick

Issue #92
Winter 2003-04

North True South Bright, poems by Dan Beachy-Quick (Alice James):The poems in this first book could belong to no other, so assured and singular is Beachy-Quick’s voice. These poems appear before us with the urgency of prayer, the fever pitch of a spell being cast, and the desire to comprehend the mysteries of language. Words and phrases are wrought and re-wrought, stretched taut and snapped off, and at no point in the volume does the intensity of Beachy-Quick’s engagement with language falter. A unique and fascinating book of poems. —Cate Marvin